There’s his 26-yard run in the bowl game that comes to mind. It was in the third quarter against a Georgia defense loaded with pro prospects.
But on that play, none of them had anything on Abdullah. He exploded up the middle for 10 yards, before making a lightning-quick cut to his left. A Bulldog grasped for air. A couple of yards later, Abdullah made another sharp cut to his left. Another Bulldog tackled air.
It was an incredible run against some of the best talent in America.
Expect more such highlights from Abdullah this year. He gained 1,137 yards last fall, and that was with Rex Burkhead in the picture for some games. Along the way, he put to bed the question about whether he could run inside. He rather likes running inside.
Abdullah will need to cure the fumble bug that has occasionally hit him, of course. But the combination of his talent and his search for perfection makes him a very good candidate to be the Big Ten’s best running back if he stays healthy.